Project 10 Pan, Round 7 – Just in time for my move!

I’ve finished yet another Project 20 Pan! 

In case you are not familiar with the concept of Project 10 Pan, it is a project that challenges you to use up 10 products before buying anything new.  I have expanded this to cover 20 products.

If you think you don’t have the willpower to finish Project 10 Pan, please check out my tips on how to get through Project 10 Pan.

Project 20 Pan usually takes around 6 months for me. This round took around 4 months (Round 6 was posted in May).  This round was faster probably because all of the products are either skin care or bath stuff, which tends to be easier for me to finish up.  I’m also trying to use up half-used products before I move.

On to the products! (If I’ve reviewed the product before, you can click on the product name to go to the review)

The over-hyped MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
 The background is super pinkish.  Sorry I didn’t correct the color!

Bath and Body Works Shower Gel in Black Amethyst
Most of the time, I only buy travel sized bottles from Bath and Body Works. They still last me nearly a month.

Dior Addict 2 Eau de Toilette
 This was my go-to fragrance for a long time, but it does not last well on my skin.

Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Shower Gel
You can see the difference in quality between this and the previous picture.  From this picture on, I used my DSLR!

Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Lotion
This smells like caramel to me, which is not surprising considering it’s “warm vanilla”. This would probably have been a better scent to use in the autumn and winter.

Seabreeze Deo + Water
I’ve mentioned this in a favorites post last year, and only just realized that I don’t have a review on it!

Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque
 I finally finished this after reviewing it 2 years ago! I liked the results of the chemical exfoliation but the price was way too high.

This was a very sweet fruity scent, much more suited to summer than any other season. I’m glad I only bought the mini bottle since I could quickly use it up.

 This was the first My Scheming mask that I tried and I liked it. It provided just enough moisture for my summer skin.

I will admit I cheated a little on this product – I used it on my body as well. Just a reminder to myself never to buy such a big bottle of face moisturizer!

Loved the smell, disliked the texture/packaging/price!

This is probably my favorite shower gel from Lush so far.

Bath and Body Works Moonlight Magic Shower Gel
I didn’t do a review on this because it was a limited edition scent and had been discontinued by the time I got around to using it. It took forever to use up.

I loved the scent! I wonder if it will be rereleased this holiday season?

This is a great moisturizer. I wish I could have seen significant results from it.

 If this had also helped my makeup last longer, I would probably have enjoyed it a lot more.

To be honest, I bought this by mistake when I wanted to pick up the Brazen Honey mask which I love so much. I’ll have to pick up a Brazen Honey mask next time I’m in the US!!

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
Clinique’s website suggests this for Dry to Combination skin, but I really don’t think anyone with any dry skin should use Lotion 2. It works well for my skin in the summer. In fact, I can tell when the seasons are changing because this stops working for me.
On a separate note, I realized recently that the Japanese version and the American version of this toner are dramatically different.

Pond’s Oil and Blemish Control Beauty Powder 
 I like the product, but I like silica powder better (and it’s cheaper)

 As I said in the review, I loved the product but hated the packaging. I can’t really squeeze out all the product from a metal tube!

I have done so many Project 10 Pan posts that I have a routine for the process!
(1) I take pictures of each product as I finish it, because I don’t like hoarding used products (=garbage)
(2) I edit each picture and keep it in a folder inside my blog posts folder. This way, I can keep track of how many products I have used up
(3) When I write the post, I keep my blog open on another tab so I can find the reviews quickly
(4) Sometimes I need to reread the review to remember what I thought of the product!

One thing I learned: Taking pictures of empty products is harder, because the container is light and unstable, and because the empty container easily reflects light.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I’m laying off on Project 10 Pan for a while so that I can enjoy new products while I’m in Japan!

xoxo, K

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Review: Stila One Step Correct Primer – A 3-in-1 product!

This is a review of the Stila One Step Correct Primer. I bought this when I was in Hawaii.

What it does: (from
An innovative, three-in-one serum that contains three color-correcting, moisturizing brighteners for flawless looking skin. The newest addition to Stila’s One Step category, One Step Correct is a ground-breaking, triple-swirled helix serum that instantly color corrects, brightens, primes, and nourishes the skin. On top of the immediately gratifying benefits, the infusion of Stila’s exclusive Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex™ improves skintone, evens out the complexion, and helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

As you can see from the bottle, this primer contains 3 color correcting pigments suspended in a clear base. 

Price: $36 for 1 oz. Pricey!


  • This primer feels very light on my skin. It does not feel silicone-y, sticky, or oily
  • My face looked fresher (hopefully from the color correcting), even though it was not obviously green, purple, or pink


  • This does not make my makeup last longer. Granted, that is not one of the claims of this product.
  • This bottle lasted me about one month. In my mind, $36 is too expensive for me to repurchase each month

Would I repurchase?  No.  Honestly, it is just too expensive.  Also, I don’t think that there is anyone who actually needs all 3 color correctors. Green is for redness, purple is for sallowness, and pink is to make look brighter. If your face is generally reddish, do you need pink in your primer? Yes, some people may need it in different areas, but it would probably be a better idea to use 2 different color correctors on different parts of your face.

Considering the price, I guess I was looking for a miracle product.  Unfortunately, this was not it!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Stila Silk Shimmer Gloss in Kitten

This is a review of the Stila Silk Shimmer Gloss in Kitten. This was a gift from Sheila.

What it does: (from

Pure shimmer and glossy delight! The silk proteins make for smooth, moisture-rich wear, while ultra-fine pearl provides high shine and maximum comfort. Vitamins A, C, and E supply antioxidant protection for the healthiest lips. 

Price: $22  Wow, expensive!


  • This is a very pretty lipgloss if you just want to add shimmer.
  • The brush applicator does not flay


  • I felt that this lipgloss was drying on my lips. It is definitely not “moisture-rich” or “maximum comfort”.
  • As you can see from the swatch, this lipgloss is not pigmented, so apply this for the shimmer
  • This is a very thin lipgloss.  Look at the picture at the top – you can see all of the lipgloss at the bottom of the tube. Lipgloss usually sticks to the sides of the tube. 

Would I repurchase? No. The color is great, but I hated the feeling of dryness on my lips

I really wish I could have loved this lipgloss, but the formula just doesn’t work for me!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Products I’m using now

Instead of a Favorites post this month, I want to share the products I’m trying out right now.

I’ve linked to products that I’ve already done a review on. Hopefully I’ll have reviews for the other products soon!

What I’m using now
Shampoo: Lush Godiva Solid Shampoo

Conditioner: Vidal Sassoon
Deep hair treatment: Vidal Sassoon Premium Intensive Hair Mask
Styling products: none, I have to wear my hair in a ponytail at work so I don’t bother to style it
Shower gel: Lush It’s Raining Men

Body moisturizer: Clinique Happy Body Polisher

Deodorant: Seabreeze Deo + Water (Deo + Water is the name of the product)

Face Wash: Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel

Exfoliator: Queen Helene Oatmeal ‘n Honey Facial Scrub

Primer: L’Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer

Foundation Brush: Sonia Kashuk Brush Couture Flat Top Multipurpose Blush/Powder Brush

Foundation: Castledew VOV Watershot Foundation
Concealer: Canmake Cover & Stretch concealer
Powder: Kate loose powder that I’m trying to use up, mixed with some silica from Coastal Scents
Blush: Milani Luminous
Bronzer: Lancome Star Bronzer
Highlighter: don’t need one with Milani Luminous, it’s very shimmery
Eyeshadow base: Urban Decay Primer Potion + NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils
Eyeshadows: (all loose pigments!) Coastal Scents Sunstone + MAC Goldstroke + Fyrinnae Mystic
Eyeliner: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner + Milani Liquif’ Eye
Mascara: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme
Lipstick: Dior Addict High Shine 222 Casual Beige
Lipgloss: Stila Kitten

 It’s interesting that I have pictures of most of the skin care & base makeup items, but not of the color makeup items.  I hope I can have reviews up soon!

Please let me know if there are any products that you would like me to review.

What products have you been using recently?

xoxo, K

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Haul from Hawaii!

In case you are wondering, I did not do a whole lot of sightseeing in Hawaii.  I’ve been to Oahu 4-5 times, so I usually spend my time diving and surfing.

Yes, I hauled quite a lot in Hawaii. I did a lot more damage in New York and in London, but I still got some holiday stuff!

Stila One Step Corrector
I heard about this primer from a few other blogs.  It combines a normal facial primer with different color correctors.

Philosophy the Gingerbread House set $20
This is a limited edition set for the holidays.  Isn’t the outside packaging cute?
There were two different products inside.
The Gingerbread Man Foaming Bubble Bath & Shower Gel
The Gingerbread Girl Foaming Bubble Bath & Shower Gel
Staying with the gingerbread theme, I also picked up this product from Lush.
Lush Gingerbread House Bubble Bar
($6.25 US, 2.45 GBP UK, Ginger Cookie House in Japan, 700 JPY)
As well as some other Lush holiday products…
Glogg bodywash
($8.95, 3.90 GBP, 900 JPY)

Angels Delight soap
($5.95/3.5 oz US, 2.35 GBP/100g UK,  650JPY/100g JP, called Tenjo no Orchestra)

The entire block of soap looks like the picture below.  Smaller chunks are cut from this huge block.


Snow Globe Soap
($5.95/3.5 oz US, 1.95 GBP/100g UK, 650 JPY/100g JP called Snow Dome)
Again, the block looks like this.
I also got some other random stuff…

Maybelline the Colossal Volumin’ Express Mascara
Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow 8 pan in Sunbaked Neutrals

Clarisonic Delicate Brush
This is much softer than the Sensitive Brush.  I think I like this one better!

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes
 St. Ives Green Tea Scrub

I’m looking forward to trying out these products!

xoxo, K
PS: I mentioned the price of some of the holiday items to keep track when I do a review, since I’m expecting that these will disappear from each brand’s websites soon!
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